The Texas Seed Trade Association will host its annual Production & Research Conference January 26-28, 2003. The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza-Dallas Market Center Hotel in Dallas.

“We have an excellent program planned for our 2003 Production & Research Conference,” says association president Mike Key from Baxter Seed Company. “We have a program that has something to offer for almost everybody involved in the seed industry.”

The meeting will kick off Sunday, Jan. 26, with a CEU session that will allow participants to receive CEU credits for their pesticide applicators license. Certified Crop Advisors will also be able to receive continuing education units throughout the conference.

The highlight of the evening will be the annual Super Bowl party.

Featured during the general session on Monday, Jan, 27. will be a presentation by Seminis Vegetable Seeds on value-added products in the vegetable seed industry. Dr. B. L. Harris, Texas Water Resources Institute, will discuss current issues and the water status in Texas. Other scheduled topics include implementation of the 2002 farm bill and agricultural bioterrorism.

The recipients of the Texas Seed Trade Association scholarships, the Don Ator Memorial Scholarship, the Ed Hefley Memorial Scholarship, and the Fred Woodward Memorial Scholarship will be honored during the Monday luncheon.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the Cotton Division and the Grass and Small Grains Division meetings.

The Cotton Division meeting will feature presentations on the past, present, and future of cotton breeding. Presentations will be given by industry breeders, TxCot, and Cotton, Inc. Polymer coatings will also be discussed.

Triticale will be a key topic for the participants in the Grass and Small Grains Division meeting. Other topics will include water conserving turf grasses, cool-season grasses, and an update from the Texas Foundation Seed Service.

A general reception will be that evening, and the Corn and Sorghum Division will hold its divisional meeting on the morning of Jan. 28.

Updates will be given regarding the association's winter growout testing locations, and downy mildew, and warehouse fumigation. Dr. Ted McCollum of Texas A&M will give a key presentation on dairy usage of forages and silage, and Wendell Bostwick, High Plains Corp., will give another key presentation on ethanol plant prototypes.

Information is also available at the association's website www.texasseedtrade.com.

For hotel reservation information, contact the hotel at 214-630-8500.